Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
There's no question that Marilyn Manson's 1995 album Antichrist Superstar was a great-sounding record. It brooded, ripped, and clattered in all the right places, mixing industrial beats and samples with roaring heavy-metal... more »
There's no question that Marilyn Manson's 1995 album Antichrist Superstar was a great-sounding record. It brooded, ripped, and clattered in all the right places, mixing industrial beats and samples with roaring heavy-metal riffs, echoing Goth keys, and the occasional tuneful pop vocal. But for all the sonic appeal, some of the songwriting wasn't too strong. No such problem on Manson's new record, Mechanical Animals, which forsakes some of the band's former grind in favor of dynamic glam rhythms and good old-fashioned melody. When the band tones down, as on the largely acoustic "Speed of Pain" and "Fundamentally Loathsome," Manson even sounds like a candidate for an Unplugged session. Most often, however, as on "Rock Is Dead," "User Friendly," and "The Dope Show," Mechanical Animals is a brash, decadent, and glittery display of self-indulgent hooks and melodramatic vocals that sounds like Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie and T. Rex at their most boisterous crossed with the more modern sounds of today's industrial nation. --Jon Wiederhorn
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William E. (unholyblackdeath) from N RICHLND HLS, TX
Reviewed on 7/27/2007...
Pretty good stuff. Marilyn Manson is one of those musicians who progress and evolve as they get older. Not the same as Antichrist Superstar, but change is good and Manson produces some great tunes on this one.
Rob Albright | Glenmont, NY USA | 07/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my opion, This is one of the best cds I have ever had. There is a something for everyone in this. There are tecno, hard rock, and some depressing songs that make you think about life. I would encourge anyone thinking about buying anything by Marilyn Manson, to get this cd."
The ultimate in shock-rock
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whereas "Smells Like Children" and "Antichrist Superstar" got Marilyn Manson and friends lableled "Shockrock," Animals is the most shocking of all- it is brilliant. Previous releases had promise, like the sing-songy "Dope Hat," insanely catchy "The Beautiful People" and anguished "Tourniquet." All of those tunes were masterfully produced by maestro Trent Reznor, and showed. Those tunes were surrounded by dreck, especially on the first album, but Superstar was good and showed promise. Here, Manson proves he has kept his ears open and left the Nails' nest. He is still standing on the shoulders of giants, musically, as this is easily a Bowie tribute album, atmospheres that could be sampled from Brian Eno show up, and he uses Trent's tendency to throw a strange piano or noise line into the scathing rockers. Like NIN, He also buries the most honest and naked lines under static or effects. "The Speed of Pain," "Disassociative," and "Fundamentally Loathsome" are tuneful, melodic numbers that show real anguish and yearning. Little Mary has been under a deluge of sex, drugs, and God for so long, he can't tell them apart. All the lyrics could be about a drug, a girl, but when it the last line has been snorted, are probably the same. "When you hate it, you know its real, but when you love you know you can't feel." Manson wants to love, but is so lost in this "Great White World, (the opener, which sets the 'space oddity' theme) he haphazardly abuses sex and dope to numb the pain of not being able to find love. If that isn't universal, I don't know what is. Incredibly sarcastic views of America and Christianity are thrown in the mix with enough deft humor to keep this from being a Rage Against the Machine album. Influences abound, but they aren't deprecative. Manson shows he was ready to take Trent's much needed training wheels off. While Reznor created an alien genre of music with "The Downward Spiral," Manson takes existing genres (funk, cock-rock, glam and goth) and makes them alien. Stunning."